Ways of Intermediation and Selection: The Contrasts between Job Ads and Social Networks

This article analyses the specialization of hiring channels, which enable to recruit specific applicant profiles. The paper relies on the hypothesis that this specialization is not only produced by job search methods, but also by the type of selection associated to each channel. Two recruitment channels are examined, job advertisements and social networks, in two countries, France and Spain. Data from surveys show that in both countries, the profiles of individuals who find a job via these two channels are contrasted. Differences are attributed to the matching markers and to the evaluation processes relevant in both cases.

Marchal.E, Rieucau.G, Socio-Économie du Travail n°30 (Économies et Sociétés, tome XLII), janvier 2009, p.3-26.

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